Notice of Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Time:  7:30 pm
Place:  The Diamond Lounge at SFU Downtown
Speaker: Maryse de la Giroday
Topic: A digital poetry of gold nanoparticles: a Steep art/science project

An object of desire, the stuff of myth and legend, and a cross-cultural icon, gold is now being perceived in a whole new way at the nanoscale where its properties and colour undergo a change. Increasingly used as a component in biomedical applications, gold nanoparticles are entering the environment (air, soil, and water). ‘Steep (1): A digital poetry of gold nanoparticles’ is a short videopoem exploring the good and the bad about gold at the macroscale and at the nanoscale.

Presented at the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Arts, the Steep (1) videopoem is an art/sci collaboration between Maryse de la Giroday (science writer and poet) from Canada and Raewyn Turner (video artist) from New Zealand. In addition to a look at the video, the presentation offers an inside perspective on incorporating science, poetry, and video in an art/sci piece. As well, there’ll be some discussion regarding one or more of Maryse’s and Raewyn’s current art/sci projects.

Maryse de la Giroday writes and publishes the largest independent science blog in Canada. Her main focus is on nanotechnology (the Canadian kind when she can find it). She has also written several pieces for the local visual arts magazine, Preview. Maryse holds an Communications (honours) degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and New Media from De Montfort University (UK). (Unfortunately, Raewyn will either be in New Zealand or on the US East Coast and unable to attend.)

Previous Meeting

I would like to thank Paul Boissonault for introducing Melodie Flook, and Hugh Lindsay for writing the following report:

Melodie Flook gave a thoughtful and inspiring presentation on her master’s degree project for Emily Carr University. She described how she applies her skills as a teacher and love of functional fabric art to a program to help New Canadians—refugee mothers with small children from several countries. Working with CAIS member Paul Boissonnault—who studies, collects and repairs sewing machines—and the staff of MOSAIC’s Centre for Children and Families, and Burnaby Neighbourhood House, she engages the newcomers in creating quilts.

In the process, the participants learn new (and potentially marketable) skills, make friends and develop confidence in adapting to their new country. They also share their stories and work them into a quilt which will be folded like Origami and displayed as a “Storiquilture” sculpture.

Melodie’s beautifully illustrated presentation provided a fascinating insight into one of the ways in which Canadians are welcoming and helping newcomers to our country.

Any questions, please contact me:

Mark Dwor